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  • Judson Burdon Speaks To MBA Class About Starting Your Own Business

    I had the great pleasure to speak not once, but twice, this week at the University Of Utah’s MBA class about how to start your own business. Not only was it exciting to share with a room of students that being your own boss gives you the best job security in tough economic times, but it was also very exciting to see that the entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and well in the West! By starting your very own business, you put control of your job security and your hours in your hands. The amount of work you put in will equal the amount of satisfaction - and money - you take out. You will never enjoy that level of control, pride, and achievement working for a corporation. Here is a perfect example. Henry is 16.  His father set Henry and two friends up with a Business In A Box for less than $5000 as well as a Powrliner 850 Linestriping Machine for less than $2000. With some linestriping paint and stencils, that’s everything these teens need to get started with their own driveway sealing company.  Unlike some teen businesses, with an asphalt sealcoating... Continue reading
  • Asphalt Art: AK's Top 25 Asphalt Arts And Laughs

    Because asphalt is my work and my passion, I love to look at the amazing asphalt art that is out there. From linestriping humor to bollard art to pothole filling, these artists have gone the extra pavement mile to make us laugh, ogle, think, and enjoy. Nothing brightens the day better than humor that tickles your work funny-bone. Here’s our top 25 Asphalt Arts And Laughs. Enjoy! We can’t be the only ones to love this stuff, share with us your finds of asphalt arts and laughs! Continue reading
  • Spray Tip Sizes

    How To Choose The Right Size For Sealcoating When it comes to sealcoating spray tips, knowing which size to use can make the difference between a professional, profitable job and a messy, time-consuming one. With tips being the most often replaced part on your spray system, knowing which spray tip sizes you should have on hand is critical. Impatient? Skip right to the Spray Tip Size Chart » Understanding GPM GPM is short for Gallons Per Minute, and that tells you the amount of sealant that is being sprayed by the minute. You’d think, the larger the number the better it is, since you are getting the sealant down fast and finishing fast. As with everything, there’s a downside. The higher the GPM on your sealcoating spray tips, the more overspray you have. That means you have to protect the edges better, and you are losing more product on that protective barrier. Spray tip sizes that are 2 GPM give you a precise fan spray with far less waste. Now that you understand how GPM affects your results, the spray tip size chart makes a lot more sense. What Sealcoating Work Do You Do? ...
  • Asphalt Sealcoating System Tip: Losing Pressure at the Spray Tip

    Have you suddenly lost pressure at the spray tip of your sealcoating machine? There are a few different reasons why this can happen. Reason 1: Sealer Dilution The first reason could be that the sealer is too thick:  it is not diluted enough with water. Sealer is sold as a concentrate, therefore all sealer must be diluted with 20 to 30% water dilution.  That means for every 100 gallons of concentrate, you need to add 20 to 30 gallons worth of water. We always recommend that you add the water to the spray system tank prior to transferring sealer concentrate over to the tank. Mixing it thoroughly and making sure your sealer is diluted will allow you to have a sealer that is at a dilution level that can be sprayed with a spray system. If you’re applying the sealer by hand with a squeegee or sealer brush dilution is not as necessary because it can be applied in a viscous state. Reason 2: Blockage in the Sprayer The second reason why a sealer spray system may not be spraying is because the unit may have blockage down at the main suction pipe. The suction pipe...
  • Water Evaporation in Sealcoating Tanks

    Did you know that water evaporates from your sealcoat tank dropping the level of your sealer over time? As a sealcoater you should always use a dip stick and check the level of your sealer when you store your unit at the end of the day. When you go to use your sealcoat machine again simply recheck the level of your sealer and refill (with water) it back to its original storage level. This will allow you to maintain the dilution rate of your sealer so it doesn't get too thick and create pump/spraying issues and it will also increase your profits as you won't be losing mixed product through evaporation. Continue reading
  • Avoid Asphalt Scams Simply And Easily: What You Need To Know

    Every year the police issue warnings to avoid asphalt scams, and the newspapers publish the warning. Rarely do they actually give you any idea on how to hire a reputable driveway sealing company. Let us go over exactly how to be sure that you are hiring the right people to seal asphalt, and not being taken advantage of. Make A Phone Call Or Two: Any company should have a phone number, so call it. You can tell a lot about how the phone is answered, and whether they are willing to answer your questions on how much it costs. Don’t hesitate to ask for references. The easiest way to avoid asphalt scams is to see work they have completed, and talk to their customers. Any reputable driveway sealing company will be happy to do this. Social Media Tip: If they have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, website, etc. check it out. Look at the comments people have made. Also a quick internet search on the company name can tell you a lot! Myth #1: Asphalt Companies Will Never Go Door-To-Door: This is absolutely a myth. Both good, and bad, contractors will come to your door. It’s the... Continue reading
  • How To Care For Sealcoating Machines

    Sealcoating machines are your most important tool for caring for asphalt, so you must make time to maintain your sealcoating equipment to ensure it will continue to operate at the high standard you demand. As with any machinery, there are important parts that require maintenance, or you run the risk having to stop to repair or replace parts just when you need your seal coating machines the most: in the middle of a job. When And Why Should You Empty The Sealer Tank? Most importantly you must empty the tank before you shut down for the season to winterize your equipment. However, any time you won’t be using your sealcoating machines for a few days, it is far better to store the sealant in air-tight drums, rather than in the tank, to keep it from hardening and spoiling. At that point it’s great maintenance of your seal coating machines to wash out the tank with water, and run it with water in the system, to prevent hard chunks from forming on the sides. Time-Saving Tip: Installing a filter kit is a great way to keep your spray system running smoothly. Inspect Your Hoses... Continue reading
  • Asphalt Sealing: How To Do It Groupon-Style And Save Money

    Asphalt sealing is your best way to maintain your blacktop so it stays firm, intact, and water repellent for years to come. Why not do it Groupon-style and get the very best in quality and the very best in savings. Here are three different ways to pool your buying power with others to get your sealcoating done, while saving money. Plus, we show you some great group-forming ideas. #1 Hire A Reputable Sealcoat Company Okay, this one’s not just Groupon-style, it’s a flat out Groupon take-off... Rather than hiring a fly-by-night sealant company, look for a company that’s professional and includes asphalt repair like crack sealing. First, find like-minded neighbors who are looking for quality, then call around and ask how many driveways you need to get how much of a discount. Read our Avoid Asphalt Scams checklist to choose the very best pro you can hire. Important Tip: Cracks and potholes must be filled before asphalt sealing. Either hire a company to do the asphalt repair, or use the same group-buy ideas for doing your own crack filling. #2 Buy In Bulk Airport grade sealer is the highest standard, since airplanes need the very...
  • Storing Asphalt Sealer The Right Way Protects Your Product

    Storing asphalt sealer would never happen in a perfect world. You would buy exactly what you need and never have any unused sealcoat left over. In the real world, we have to be sure to have enough asphalt sealcoating to get the work done without running out. Your business depends on having the supply to meet your demand, and at the end of the season that means you have to protect your product and practice proper sealant storage. Temperature Is Crucial No matter what time of year it is, you must protect against freezing temperatures. This is true of storing asphalt sealer for the day or the season. Otherwise you will end up with ruined product that is useless to you. Make sure your sealant storage is 45º to 50º F whether it’s the end of the day, or the end of the season. Did You Know? At Asphalt Kingdom we ship our sealer in heated transport trucks to protect against freezing. Not only that, if you order in winter, we’ll store the product for you in the right conditions, until you are ready for delivery. Are You Agitated About Your Unused Sealcoat? ... Continue reading
  • Learn How To Tackle Winter Asphalt Maintenance And Why It Is Important

    Winter asphalt maintenance must include patching potholes. A couple of months ago we covered Pothole Patrol: Spotlight On Cities That Give You A Way To Report Dangerous Asphalt but what are you doing about your blacktop? Having a gaping hole on your driveway or parking lot is just as dangerous to passers-by, vehicles, and snow removal equipment. As if that is not enough, the costly damage to your pavement from snow, ice, freeze-thaw cycles, shovels, and plows will bring a frighteningly high spring repair bill. There is an easy fix, no worries, here’s what to do! Cold Asphalt Patch is easy to use for anyone: homeowner, property manager, or sealcoating professional. This is not your old-school patching potholes material; this is state-of-the-art and engineered to last. Plus it’s a winter asphalt maintenance task that can be completed no matter the outside temperature. Equipment Needed Chisel or Large Flat-Head Screwdriver Hammer Coarse Gravel (not round, pea gravel) Cold Asphalt Patch Plywood Already you can see this is a job that doesn’t require you to have all kinds of specialized equipment! However, an asphalt concrete saw can certainly make step 2 easier. 5 Steps For Applying The Patch ... Continue reading

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